Lasik surgery may be the answer to some people’s vision problems, but is it a safe procedure? Today on Insight, eye surgeons and the head of a local company that certifies them, tell you about the pros and cons of Lasik eye surgery. Best-selling author and Chicano poet Luis J. Rodriguez talks about his former life as an L.A. gang member. Topics: Lasik, eye surgery, Chicano poet, Luis J. Rodriguez, Insight, KXJZ, Sacramento public radio
Liberal talk show host and comedian Al Franken joins host Jeffrey Callison to talk about his career and political aspirations, the fledgling Air America radio network, and, just maybe, someone named Rush Limbaugh. The Al Franken Show broadcasts live today from Sacramento's Crest Theater. Last fall he ran 72 hours to complete a nonstop, 262 mile run. You've seen him on 60 Minutes and The Late Show with David Letterman. Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes checks in with Jeffrey to talk about just how... Topics: Al Franken, Rush Limbaugh, Dean Karnazes, KXJZ, Sacramento Public Radio
California has the largest prison population in the U.S.; six of its cities are in the top ten nationally for prisoner release. Host Jeffrey Callison speaks with a parole agent, a former prisoner and other experts about the challenges of reintegrating ex-convicts into society. Topics: Life After Prison, KXJZ, Insight, Sacramento public radio
You'll hear from the creators of a website that challenges you to balance California's budget. Could you raise money for a relief effort half-a-world away? A young Sacramento man tells you how he's doing it. Sacramento home inspector Jon Gudnason reflects on his visit to post-Katrina Louisiana. Topics: legislator websites, relief efforts, Hurricane Katrina, KXJZ, Sacramento Public Radio
Many famous writers, like Joan Didion, Herb Caen and Cornel West grew up in Sacramento. Their childhood homes are stopping points in a literary tour this weekend. You'll meet the tour guides today on Insight. Best-selling author and life coach Tama Kieves is in town to tell you to how unlock an inner voice that can guide you to acheive all that you desire. One of the key figures in the development of rock 'n' roll will be in Davis today - you'll hear him here first. Legendary musician Bo... Topics: Sacramento authors, literary tour, life coach, Tama Kieves, rock 'n' roll, Bo Diddley, Insight,...
Living wages seek to raise the income of low-wage workers by mandating higher wages. However, such wage increases may also have adverse employment effects, leading employers to reduce employment of less-skilled labor. Host Jeffrey Callison speaks with David Neumark, co-author of a new study from the Public Policy Institute of California, which finds that although living wages deliver some benefits to low-income families, additional policies are needed to help the most disadvantaged. Recently... Topics: Living Wages, Bee Photo Survey, History of Percussion, KXJZ, Sacramento Public Radio
Local chorus heads abroad The Sacramento Children's Chorus heads to Canada soon for an international festival. They are one of at least three local choirs going abroad this summer. You'll hear the chorus perform live on today's Insight. Tim Twietmeyer, a foothills man who's a veteran of a long list of endurance runs and ultra-marathon races, enters his last big competition this weekend. It's the Western States 100, and he's won it five times already. He'll tell you about the joy he finds in... Topics: The Sacramento Children's Chorus, Tim Twietmeyer, KXJZ, Sacramento Public Radio